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United closes product gap with Airbus streaming IFE

United Airlines has finally flipped the switch, activating streaming in-flight entertainment on the majority of its Airbus A320 family fleet. Streaming entertainment is live on 72%, or 110 aircraft, out of the 152 A319s and A320s in the Chicago-based carrier’s fleet, said Jeff Foland, executive vice-president of marketing, technology and strategy at United, on the […]

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Southwest and Virgin America squeeze into Love Field

Dallas Love Field is about to see a boom in flight operations when the Wright Amendment is lifted this October, allowing airlines to fly anywhere in the USA if they can find a gate. Under the deal reached to lift the amendment, the airport is capped at 20 gates or just one more than the 19 […]

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JetBlue Mints a new experience

JetBlue Airways does what it does best with its new Mint premium product – offer customers a better experience at often-cheaper prices than its competitors. The New York-based carrier takes its ethos of unlimited blue chips, animal crackers and ample legroom throughout a previously all-coach cabin to the premium market with Mint. With lie-flat seats, […]

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Kylie coup turns up the heat in the battle of the Gulf carriers

Qatar Airways promised an IATA annual general meeting that nobody would forget in Doha and this was certainly the case as the world’s airlines executive met this week for their AGM. “Our friends at Qatar Airways wanted to ensure the full Qatar experience,” said IATA director general Tony Tyler, explaining why the airline had taken […]

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Inside United’s first E175s

United Airlines’ new Embraer 175 took to the skies between Chicago O’Hare and Washington National on 17 May, the first route of many with the dual-class aircraft. “It’s a new era,” says Sandra Pineau-Boddison, senior vice-president of United Express at the Chicago-based airline, at an event in Chicago on 19 May. United will add two […]

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How much is a slot at Washington National worth?

Slots at the some of the USA’s most popular airports rarely come up for sale, with mergers or similar deals often being the only time when they do. With this the case, it is far from surprising that JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Virgin America scrambled to buy some of the 86 slots that American […]

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Hawaiian to Jetstar: you don’t scare me

Hawaiian Airlines is confident that the Brisbane-Honolulu market can support two carriers, even when the second carrier is the Australian low-cost giant Jetstar Airways. “I don’t think… we’re concerned about that,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive of Hawaiian, responding to questions on whether Brisbane could turn into a second Fukuoka with the entrance […]

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Remembering United’s Executive One on Earth Day

US presidents have cruised around the world on a dedicated aircraft since at least the 1940s, with a customised Boeing 747-200 doing the job since 1990. But one modern president flew commercial. President Richard Nixon flew on regularly scheduled United Airlines flight 55 from Washington Dulles International to Los Angeles International airport flown by a […]

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American’s concentrated A319, 777-300ER and E175 networks

Want to spot a legacy American Airlines Airbus A319? Head to Dallas/Fort Worth where the type remains almost exclusively based since its introduction to the carrier’s fleet at the Texas airport last year. The network for the type has varied little from what American outlined prior to its introduction of the aircraft in September 2013, […]

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Does Ex-Im credit support really hurt US airlines?

“There is no financing advantage that is given to a foreign carrier over a US carrier,” says US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) president Fred Hochberg. “That is simply an erroneous argument.” Hochberg was responding to claims by Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that Ex-Im’s loan guarantees for widebody Boeing […]

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